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    Yesterday, 10:49 PM
    That's good to know, thank you.
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    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
    Has anyone ever seen an anodized aluminum .54 Maxiball mold before? At least I think that this one is anodized but can't say for sure. The chips in the finish have very little depth, but it doesn't appear to scratch like any paint would. I...
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    04-24-2019, 07:43 PM
    Personally I think that it has to with the twist rate, the higher velocity increases the RPM's of the bullet which helps to stabilize it. A consistent velocity helps to provide a consistent point of impact. But some barrels and bullets shoot...
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    04-24-2019, 02:00 PM
    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned bolt action .22lr pistols since the thread didn't specify rifles only. I can remember at least 2 models, the Anschutz Exemplar and the Savage Striker. While desirable, they were not very popular. The...
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    04-24-2019, 01:25 PM
    I wonder if it's those thick fiber shotgun wads that are made from jute. Depending on the maker, those seem to be quite fibrous and also easy to split apart.
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    04-24-2019, 01:14 AM
    Cabela's used to sell them labeled as vegetable fiber wads. They're not as thick or expensive as wool wads. The vegetable fiber material is also sold in bulk roll form. Buffalo Arms sells them as "Vegetable Fiber Walters Wads" which cost $20 for...
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    04-20-2019, 11:10 AM
    Perhaps the problem is the grip frame that's made from zinc . Zinc has a melting point of 420 C and a density that may be too low. "when heated to 200 C , zinc loses its elasticity and turns to a gray powder; ....density – 7.13 g/cm;" --->>>...
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    04-20-2019, 10:39 AM
    It is basically relabeled American Pioneer Powder 2F which is a somewhat coarse substitute powder. It's been reported to work fine in all revolvers and most rifles. Some have said that it doesn't flow as easily from some flasks or into the flash...
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    04-19-2019, 10:29 PM
    I'm told that the Ruger cylinder is steel and is not sleeved. Any photos that make it appear to be sleeved are only showing carbon rings that result from the powder residue after being fired. AFAIK only the cylinder frame and grip frame are...
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    04-19-2019, 03:12 PM
    What I like about the Heritage Rough Rider is the safety switch at the back of the frame which is part of a hammer block safety. That's a really nice feature to have on a .22 revolver that you might hand to a child to teach how to shoot or to hunt...
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    04-17-2019, 05:29 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread Real Black Blues in Muzzleloading.
    I'm not sure about not needing duplex loads if using 4F in the pan. There's a well known gentlemen who has posted extensively about shooting flintlocks with sub. powders and a booster charge which are often called "duplex loads". He particularly...
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    04-17-2019, 03:14 AM
    arcticap replied to a thread Real Black Blues in Muzzleloading.
    My post was in reply to Earlwb's question. Most substitute powders require a booster charge of BP in the breech in order to fire. I've heard some people say that fake powders can work in the pan sometimes, even if only once in a while. I...
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    04-17-2019, 02:31 AM
    I don't have one, but from what I can glean the S&B is different from the Remington in it's breakdown for removing the cylinder. There is a protruding, flat, "wingnut-like switch" on the side of the frame which has to be turned 180 degrees to...
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    04-16-2019, 02:33 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread Real Black Blues in Muzzleloading.
    There's a fellow on youtube who loaded American Pioneer Powder 3F into the bore of his India made flintlock and using Goex 4F in the pan, he fired 10 shots without a misfire. The caption for the video states: "Trying out some new powder,...
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    04-15-2019, 10:55 PM
    Any trigger improvement is a benefit to plate shooters. Before they had the BX, a Volquartsen sear was the way to go.--->>> https://volquartsen.com/inventory_configurations/818 Who wants to swap out the original metal trigger guard for the...
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    04-13-2019, 08:08 PM
    Yes they do! Thanks! --->>> https://www.dixiegunworks.com/index/page/product/product_id/8501/category_id/321/product_name/PH0541+POWDER+TESTER Having one of these would help to show whether some home made powders are as good as some claim.
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    04-13-2019, 05:13 PM
    I remember when Dixie Gun Works was selling this Palmetto black powder tester but don't remember ever seeing one in action before. It would also seem to make a good black powder blank gun. The last result with Swiss OB must be what we call Swiss...
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    04-12-2019, 01:37 AM
    You could try Old South Firearms and see if their Traditions Pietta 1861's are any better.
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    04-12-2019, 01:25 AM
    New Pietta brass Colt frames cost about $60 or less on eBay with free shipping. There are also new and used Pietta steel Colt frames priced from $109 to about $139 with free shipping. All of these frames include the arbor.
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    04-12-2019, 12:55 AM
    The Winchester caps are rebranded CCI's, they only have a different label.
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    04-09-2019, 11:37 PM
    Here's the same dovetail cutting guide sold by 3 different vendors. https://www.jedediah-starr.com/closeup.asp?cid=90&pid=918&offset=0 ...
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    04-09-2019, 10:13 AM
    I don't own one. Perhaps someone else here does and can help obtain that measurement. However, the Kirst Konverter gated conversion cylinder for the Pietta 1851 and 1861 are the exact same unit. And the Howell conversion cylinder is also the...
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    04-08-2019, 10:37 PM
    Usually the slower the twist rate, the shorter the conicals need to be in order to shoot accurately. In most cases, shorter bullets means lighter weight bullets. It's often better to shoot conicals that are lighter weight and short than bullets...
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    04-08-2019, 09:24 PM
    It must be a very thin patch such as a .005 perhaps?
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    04-08-2019, 01:34 PM
    Some years ago, S&W made the 10 shot 617 with an aluminum alloy cylinder which were reportedly discontinued due to poor sales and not due to any longevity problems. But if someone were to have a problem with any 617 spitting lead for whatever...
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    04-08-2019, 12:53 PM
    The barrel blanks used for the Pietta 1861 models are the same that they use for their 1860 .44 Colts, except with a different bore diameter. They're heavier than the Uberti 1861 which have a slightly different barrel taper. And the Pietta 1861...
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    04-07-2019, 04:09 PM
    The "fine rust" in the bore makes it sound like it may benefit by either being re-rifled into a .50 or by having the rifling "re-freshed". Since we can't see it, that's only my impression. But even if so, it's still a great deal.
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    04-07-2019, 11:25 AM
    Two different people have posted about similar experiences with squib loads. One person’s experience resulted with only a slight barrel bulge about 1 inch into the barrel of his 1861, but it still fires with acceptable accuracy. Another person...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check